Federal government needs to push harder to protect transboundary rivers


August 30, 2023

By Brenda Schwartz-Yeager

Two years ago this fall, I testified at a Wrangell borough assembly meeting in support of yet another resolution calling on the U.S. government to be firm with British Columbia and Canada in protecting the Stikine River, as well as the Taku and Unuk rivers.

These transboundary rivers, the lifeblood of Southeast Alaska, are threatened by the more than 30 British Columbia gold mines in some phase of development. Over a dozen of them are located within the Stikine-Iskut watershed.

As I looked around the assembly chambers, I realized that most people in Wrangell, whet...

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